来见识一下街机玩家的头号对手,“游戏之王”比利·米切尔

米切尔谈到了死亡威胁、关于吉尼斯世界纪录的争议,以及为什么当个坏蛋更有趣。

你可能不认识他,但如果你看过2007年的电子游戏纪录片《游戏之王》,你就很难忘记他的脸。穿着与众不同的星型条纹贴身西装,目光炯炯有神,很容易让人联想到《龙胆虎威》中的反派——汉斯·格鲁博,毫不夸张地说,Billy Mitchell是电子竞技的第一个大反派。

那么这时候,有些读者就要问了,谁是比利-米切尔呢?

米切尔在取得完美得分3,333,360分后,被《吃豆人》之父-中村雅哉宣布为世纪最佳玩家,一直以来,米切尔都被公认为世界上最伟大的复古街机游戏玩家之一。多年来,他一直是街机英雄。但几乎就在米切尔在游戏界名声大噪的同时,臭名昭著也成了他的标签。

一个反派的诞生

在1982年,《生活》杂志刊登了一组照片——米切尔打败了前《大金刚》的世界冠军,米切尔也将拥有《大金刚》世界冠军的称号。但在2004年,一个不知名的挑战者成功抢走了米切尔的冠军宝座,让游戏界震惊不已。居住在雷蒙德的史蒂夫·韦伯(Steve Wiebe)在自己的车库里创造了一项世界纪录——他在任天堂的经典游戏上取得了所有玩家认为不可能取得的成绩(1,006,600分,而这,也掀起了 “世纪最佳玩家 “和这个不起眼的居家好男人之间的一连串有争议的游戏之争。

这一切在2007年的纪录片《游戏之王》中被描绘成了一场 “大卫与巨人 “的对决,片中暗示米切尔为了保住自己的冠军头衔,不惜黑掉了游戏机的主板,甚至篡改他的分数提交的视频。一夜之间,曾经意气风发的比利·米切尔成了街机游戏的头号敌人。而在多年的舆论压力后,米切尔毫不客气地在吉尼斯世界纪录中脱颖而出,赢得了《大金刚》最高分(1,062,800分)。

他在2010年7月24日的周末重新夺回了《大金刚》(1,062,800分)和《小金刚》(1,270,900分)的世界纪录,在2015年,这两项纪录都被他人打破。2018年2月,《大金刚》的纪录被《大金刚论坛》删除,这促使“双子星”在2018年4月删除了纪录,因为一项调查指出,米切尔并没有使用未经修改的原版《大金刚》街机硬件,而是使用了模拟器或其他不允许的技术手段,并且有证据表明他的分数是伪造的。然而,吉尼斯世界纪录又推翻了对米切尔作弊的指控,并根据新的专家调查结论,恢复了比利·米切尔之前的世界纪录.

而经过长达一年的战斗,米切尔的《大金刚》吉尼斯世界纪录已经恢复。而他将自己标志性的星条旗领带换成了全套的美国国旗镀金西装,而这位复古游戏界的“争议之王”非常乐意讨论自己的名声。

全美街机游戏界的“反英雄”

“我一边收到鲜花礼物和求婚消息。而另一边,又有很多讨厌的垃圾邮件和死亡威胁。”米切尔冷笑着说,“这似乎很“赛博朋克””

即使在Google环聊中,米切尔的影响力也很出众。 聊天窗口是米切尔的演讲台,他眼睛瞪得像铜铃,洋溢着几乎超乎寻常的信心,我很幸运我问的几个问题可以被他亲自解答。

You have to remember though, that documentaries are still films,In ‘King Of Kong’, they edited all the bad stuff…You know, to make me look human.

但你要记住,纪录片仍然是电影的一种表现形式,在《游戏之王》里,制作组把所有不好的片段都剪掉了……就为了让我看起来像个人。

在跟他的对话中我发现,其实米切尔是个话痨,所以我希望他可以亲口谈谈关于吉尼斯世界纪录争议这件事并不难。

You know, I’ve got to give you credit. The other guy who interviewed me asked a whole load of questions, then at the end asked the controversial question. You’re like BANG! Right off the bat. But that’s OK, Mog, I can take it,But I can dish it out too…

You have to realize that I had a storybook relationship with [Guinness] for, you know, 36 years.How old are you? Student?! T-h-i-r-t-y s-i-x years – You’ll understand that number when you finish University…

在他感觉到我即将提出反驳之后,他赶紧回到了我的问题上。

I won’t lie to you, I thought Guinness would move faster. They’re certainly thorough – beyond a level and degree that I imagined they would be. When you see something in a movie, everything happens in an hour. Oh, boy, talk about delayed gratification – nothing happens fast in real life! But every time I speak to someone [at Guinness] you realize the amount of work that they put in during that time period, and you gain a level of respect and satisfaction.

不要相信你所看到的一切

然而从网上的风评来看,似乎大众对米切尔褒贬不一。由于《游戏之王》中的叙事,成千上万的人认为米切尔为了获胜而作弊——抢走了 “好人 “韦伯的世界冠军头衔。

When I’m asked if somebody cheated, I say ‘[The King of Kong production crew] were making a movie, and they did a really good job’. It’s entertainment. Do you REALLY think I answered the phone at home going ‘world record headquarters’? Well let me give you a hint – I don’t have a home phone now, and I didn’t have one in 2004!

令我感到惊奇的是,当他不再戏弄我的时候,米切尔远不是《游戏之王》中所描述的反派。他是否大胆、粗鲁、具有令人难以置信的傲慢?是的。但在狂妄的外表下,这位复古街机界的游戏冠军(也是著名的辣酱推销员,他自己说的)是一个有魅力、有激情的游戏玩家。尽管他在屏幕上的形象很糟糕,但在我们长达一个小时的对话中,这位 “世纪玩家 “在大部分时间里都表现为一个充满感恩的游戏冠军,他真心希望帮助新时代的玩家获得同样的名声。

The players are the people who make games interesting.Video games? They’re just a business – nothing else – esports is what makes it a passion. Arcade games were fun, but it was the arcades that made the era – esports sits in that same position. I think more and more, a greater emphasis towards organization, towards player advocacy and participation in the direction of the sport is what’s going to propel it.

来见见米切尔的粉丝

如果说有哪位玩家让竞技游戏变得 “有趣”,那肯定是比利·米切尔。尽管《游戏之王》距离首播已经过去了13年,但这位电竞界的汉斯·格鲁博跟我说,他至今仍不断收到粉丝的邮件。

“I used to do a radio show with a friend,The last five minutes of the show was the most popular part ‘hate mail with Billy Mitchell’. I’d read some of my many hate mail and his ratings would double.

毫无疑问,米切尔的传奇生涯充满矛盾,他既沉浸在名声里,也浸泡在臭名昭著中,但成为不断被吐槽的对象也不是一件容易的事。

There’s some people who I’ve never met, never conversed with…. and they absolutely hate me with a passion. That’s hard for me to understand,But it also tells me that if, if that’s true with that little segment of the population, I guess what I do, I do really good.

不过对于米切尔来说,他非常乐意当一个大坏蛋。事实上,据他所说啊,如果他可以选择,他很开心并且愿意立刻再当一次坏蛋。

从敌人到电竞代言人

“I don’t mean to insult anyone here, but, I would much rather have played the persona that I played, than play the other persona.

Steve Wiebe? He has blond hair and blue eyes, he cannot play a bad guy,In [2007 Pacman documentary] ‘Chasing Ghosts’ I play a good guy and it just didn’t get the same firepower. Why? Ask anybody to name a character from Star Wars, they’re gonna say Darth Vader.The bad guys just have more fun.

不过,对于一个被许多玩家视为电竞 “叛徒 “的人来说,米切尔肯定会花很多时间来倡导电竞。作为电竞圈里最早的明星之一,米切尔非常自豪的说到,他自己的使命就是一直倡导电竞游戏,直到电竞游戏得到应有的尊重。

For many years, I advocated that in esports, the organization of it was so important. In bowling there’s leagues, there’s players. It’s broadcast. All of it happens because it’s organized. And the players who participate in it are respected. I always thought that that was going to be what would catapult video games in a direction that is as organized as any form of football or baseball or basketball. And more and more as the years go on, it has become more organized into the big esports you see now.

他对那些让他成为冠军的街机游戏坚持到甚至有些偏执的地步,但米切尔仍表示他对现代电子竞技有着最大的尊重……同时他还不无讽刺地将自己与 “莱特兄弟 “相提并论。

[esports is] absolutely something that I respect and I embrace, because it’s the evolution of what it was in the beginning. If by chance you ever had the Wright brothers here, and you said, ’Gee, what do you think of rockets?’ I mean, that’s obviously out of their league. But they would embrace it because they were a part of what helped form that.

电子竞技的发展

Never could I imagine that esports would have come to where it is today,I mean, that you would sit here and play esports on your couch, in your jammies, against somebody on the other side of the world, who’s an executive in their office on their lunch break? I mean, that’s just absurd. In the ‘80s, that wouldn’t have even made a sci-fi movie.

艾伦-里克曼在饰演《龙胆虎威》中的汉斯-格鲁伯后,谩骂几乎铺天盖地的向艾伦袭来,我问到了这位在街机游戏界最具有争议性的人物是否也会有同样的命运。

I never, ever have a negative reaction face to face…You know, on social media when you get that guy who’s 40 years old in his basement who lives with his mother? Who the last time he showered was around the time I did the perfect Pac-Man score? Yeah, those guys are just tough guys behind the keyboard. And there’s nothing you can do to reach them. So, I just have fun with it.

尽管有少数人在网上不断给他发难,但米切尔开心地表示,无论是在会展上与公众见面时,甚至只是在他突然出来买菜时,他的大部分粉丝与他的互动绝大多数都是积极正面的。

There’s never a day that I go out in public and people don’t recognize me or say hello or whatever. Never. It’s been years and I appreciate it. I always promised myself I would never un-appreciate it.

I still get death threats, marriage proposals – all of them,But with all the people and events that I’ve done in an effort to help push and advocate for competitive gaming and such… If being a bad guy in the movies, if having fun in that characterization helps to further that goal. Well, then, I’m happy to do it.

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